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Congress stakes claim to form govt. in Goa

The Congress on Saturday asked Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to dismiss the government led by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as “it has lost the strength of the House” following the death of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and asked her to invite the party to form the government.

It also urged her “not to bring the State under President’s Rule as it would be a violation of the Constitution”. In a letter to the Governor, Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said the coalition government, led by Mr. Parrikar, was now in a “minority”.

Rumours on CM’s health

The demand came amid rumours of a deterioration in Mr. Parrikar’s health. The Chief Minister has been under treatment for pancreatic cancer at home. A statement from the Chief Minister’s office, however, said his condition was ‘stable’.

Following the resignation of two Congress MLAs last October and the death of Mr. D’Souza on February 14, the effective strength of the Assembly is now 37. The Election Commission has already announced by-elections to three Assembly constituencies along with Lok Sabha polls on April 23.

But the BJP’s strength in the truncated Assembly has come down to 13 including the CM, as against the Congress’s 14 MLAs.

Source: thehindu.com

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